The King of Rock and Roll left us 40 years ago today. Elvis Presley, the hip-shaking, romantic song making, lovable movie star died today August, 16, 1977. Though the music continues to change, there will never be another Elvis.
Fans from all different countries gathered this week to remember Elvis in Graceland.
FOX’s Tonya J. Powers reports live from Memphis:
Many at last night’s vigil filed past Elvis’ gravesite, candle in hand. It was part somber ritual, part family reunion for fans who gather to remember where they were when they heard about the death of the King of Rock and Roll:
(Fan) “And everything just really went quiet and you’re going ‘what did we just hear?'”
A new admission charge of $28.75 added to the candlelight vigil at Graceland is upsetting many Elvis fans. For 40 years it’s been free to walk up the driveway to the gravesite, but now Graceland officials say security needs make it a must.
Some were upset about the new fee, while others didn’t seem bothered by it and would have attended no matter what:
(Fan) “It’s the 40th anniversary and we wanted to be here. We were here for the 25th.”
Private security guards used metal detectors, bag checks were also done. The large police presence and concrete barriers, also reminders of the beefed up security.
Graceland officials tell me they expect about 100,000 people here for Elvis week this year, the largest one ever.
In Memphis, Tonya J. Powers, FOX News.
— Tonya J. Powers (@tonyajpowers) August 16, 2017